GNOME Keyring

GNOME Keyring is a software application designed to store security credentials such as usernames,[3] passwords,[3] and keys, together with a small amount of relevant metadata. The sensitive data is encrypted and stored in a keyring file in the user's home directory. The default keyring uses the login password for encryption, so users don't need to remember yet another password.[4]

GNOME Keyring
GNOME Keyring Manager 2.12.1
Stable release3.34.2[1] (25 November 2019 (2019-11-25)) [±]
Preview release3.35.2[2] (24 November 2019 (2019-11-24)) [±]
Written inC

As of 2009, GNOME Keyring was part of the desktop environment in the operating system OpenSolaris.[3]

GNOME Keyring is implemented as a daemon and uses the process name gnome-keyring-daemon. Applications can store and request passwords by using the libgnome-keyring library.

GNOME Keyring is part of the GNOME desktop. As of 2006, it integrated with NetworkManager to store WEP passwords.[5] GNOME Web and the email client Geary uses GNOME Keyring to store passwords.[6]

In 2009, a statistical study of software packages in the Red Hat GNU/Linux distribution found that packages depending upon GNOME Keyring (and therefore integrated somewhat with the GNOME desktop environment) were less likely to be associated with software vulnerabilities than those with a dependency upon kdelibs (and therefore integrated somewhat with the KDE desktop environment).[7]

On systems where GNOME Keyring is present, software written in Vala can use it to store and retrieve passwords.[8]

GNOME Keyring Manager

The GNOME Keyring Manager (gnome-keyring-manager) was a user interface for the GNOME Keyring. As of GNOME 2.22, it is deprecated and replaced entirely with Seahorse.[9]

See also


  1. Petridis, Jordan (25 Nov 2019). "GNOME 3.34.2 Released". GNOME Mail Services (Mailing list). Retrieved 14 Dec 2019.
  2. Catanzaro, Michael (24 November 2019). "GNOME 3.35.2 released". GNOME Mail Services (Mailing list). Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  3. Foxwell, Harry; Tran, Hung (2009). Pro OpenSolaris: A New Open Source OS for Linux Developers and Administrators. Apress. p. 54.
  4. "'gnome-keyring' tag wiki - Ask Ubuntu". Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  5. Oxer, Jonathan; Rankin, Kyle; Childers, Bill (2006). Ubuntu Hacks: Tips & Tools for Exploring, Using, and Tuning Linux. O'Reilly Media. p. 161.
  6. Jain, Manish (2018). Beginning Modern Unix: Learn to Live Comfortably in a Modern Unix Environment. Apress. p. 186.
  7. Neuhaus, Stephan; Zimmermann, Thomas (2009). "The Beauty and the Beast: Vulnerabilities in Red Hat's Packages". USENIX.
  8. Anwari, Mohammad (2013). Gnome 3 Application Development Beginner's Guide. Packt Publishing Ltd.
  9. "GNOME 2.22 Release Notes".

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